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Old 17th Jan 2017, 11:35
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Surprised to see an airport with flights to Southampton but nowhere in London!
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Old 17th Jan 2017, 11:38
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Surprised to see an airport with flights to Southampton but nowhere in London!
Cheaper alternative maybe? Are there direct express coach services from Southampton Airport to London?

Edit: In fact, google tells me there's a train station at the airport with trains to London only 80 minutes away. Probably just as quick as arriving at London's main airports.
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Old 17th Jan 2017, 22:10
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The train fare would bump up the cost of the journey quite a bit. Our railways are not cheap!!!!
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Old 17th Jan 2017, 22:17
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That depends on the time of day, and whether you are able to book in advance. Rather like booking a flight, actually.
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Old 17th Jan 2017, 22:27
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I should have made it clear that I meant a cheaper alternative for the airline in terms of landing and handling fees in comparison to the major airports. There's also the question of available landing slots at peak periods. As for ground transportation, the airline may perhaps have negotiated with the railways and is able to offer an air/rail deal.
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Old 17th Jan 2017, 22:34
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Southampton has for a long time been a bit of a hub for flights from south east UK to regional France. Apart from Rodez, Southampton has summer seasonal flights to Brest and Toulon, neither of which are served direct from London. Other small regional French airports served from Southampton include Avignon, Bastia, Bergerac, Biarritz, Chambery, La Rochelle, Limoges, Perpignan and Rennes. There's an awful lot of wealthy people living in Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex with 2nd homes in French villages or who like the snob value of rural France

There are a number of other factors that might encourage this:
- Routes from the UK to small regional French airports often do not have sufficient profitable passenger demand to fill a 150 seat aircraft. Rodez is a charming town for a stroll but it is little known amongst the UK public and in the middle of nowhere - we are not talking Nice or Marseille
- The terminal at a small French regional airport may not have the capacity to handle a 150 seat aircraft.
- Until Stobart began flying ATRs from Southend, the charging schemes used by the likes of Gatwick were often economically prohibitive to aircraft with less than about 150 seats
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 00:58
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Not forgetting that Eastern already flies from Rodez-Marcillac, Paris Orly up to 3 times per day (PSO route?)

The airport's had a number of Ryanair routes in recent years, so can certainly cope with a Saab 2000...

Bergerac's "tin shed" terminal manages to cope with Ryanair size loads year round and Béziers (Flybe served from Southampton a few years back for one season?) manages to cope with two Ryanair flights at the same time on some days.

Aveyron is not well served from the UK, a very understated region of France to visit, but well worth it.

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Old 18th Jan 2017, 09:44
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Provides a very nice connection with Eastern's LBA flights at SOU, though their website is currently not allowing a through booking (though a leading travel website is).
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 15:42
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Originally Posted by BKS Air Transport View Post
Provides a very nice connection with Eastern's LBA flights at SOU, though their website is currently not allowing a through booking (though a leading travel website is).
Understand 1 stop LBA - Rodez flight option via SOU will be available to book on the Eastern Airways website soon.
Outbound pax can remain on board the aircraft whilst it's stops at SOU.
The return into the UK pax will need to disembark aircraft at SOU to clear Immigration.
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 17:28
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Trains London Waterloo - Southampton Airport take around 66 minutes and cost from £ 14 (cheap buy in advance ) to £ 66 (first class)
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 17:29
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Wait, are we seriously discussing selling SOU as 'London Southampton'?
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 18:08
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I'd say you're making a pretty big jump there.
It's just a peak season twice a week leisure route from the south of England to a little served (though sounds very nice) region of France. It looks easy for Eastern to operate as it would appear to be an extension of their existing LBA-SOU flights. Yes, SOU has a station served by London trains and for some that will be convenient, but I very much doubt anyone will try to market it as a specific London flight.
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 18:33
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According to Google Translate, the article linked above at #1388 says:

Flights to Southampton open the door to London and the South Coast of England and start on June 2nd.
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Old 10th Feb 2017, 11:27
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Theres a rumour that all the EA ground staff in ABZ are on redundancy notice.
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Old 12th Feb 2017, 10:55
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ABZ and Humberside

The rumours are true......all engineering in ABZ has gone, now at HUY. Many redundancies, engineers mainly. Staff at HUY have suffered the same fate, its been a bit messy to say the least.
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Old 12th Feb 2017, 17:35
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So who is going to do the maintenance then ?
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Old 12th Feb 2017, 22:31
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Kwik fit

Fixed pricing you know.
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Old 13th Feb 2017, 03:33
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Whilst the downturn in the Oil & Gas industry has had an impact on Eastern's operations, a big factor has been not having the right people in the right place, i.e crew, engineers and ground staff. This has often led to the whole operation going completely t*ts-up in the past, causing frequent inconvenience to passengers who then simply find alternative methods of travel.

The Aberdeen hangar and engineering support up there was essential! To 'fix' the operation they need MORE people in the right places, not less! There was a big exodus of crew last year and yet there seemed to be almost no recruitment going on to replace those leaving, or any moves to try and retain those thinking of leaving. It's so frustrating to see them making a total mess of it all! The senior managements' attitude of "if you don't like it, f*** off" has to change, but sadly it won't, so people will do exactly that.
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Old 13th Feb 2017, 13:38
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That statement you made about 'if you don't like it.......'. That's was not just an attitude but was actually said to people.

Along with 'we can get pilots from anywhere'.

Apart from the DFO, who is a very good guy. Just incredibly poor leadership and management from generally everyone in a management position there.
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Old 13th Feb 2017, 15:46
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Gotta make you wonder about the integrity of the whole operation. Doesn't auger well for sound safety management. Doubt the philosophy of those at the top will change. Doubt that our wonderful regulator will do anything about the situation. All very upsetting for all concerned
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